Cracroft's Peerage
The Complete Guide to the British Peerage & Baronetage

If you have found this page useful, why not make a donation to The Peerage Research Trust so that we can continue to maintain and develop Cracroft's Peerage?

| Search this site | Introduction | Contents | The Monarchy | The Peerage | The Baronetage | Untitled Families | Orders of Chivalry | Miscellaneous | Forums | Contact Us | Links |



Harcourt, Viscount (GB, 1721 - 1830)


Creation: let.pat. 11 Sep 1721


Extinct: 17 Jun 1830


Family name: Harcourt




See Earl Harcourt



Simon [Harcourt], 1st Baron Harcourt later 1st Viscount Harcourt, PC

only son and heir of Sir Philip Harcourt, of Stanton Harcourt, co. Oxford, by his first wife Anne Waller, dau. of Sir William Waller, of Osterley Park, co. Middlesex


Dec 1661

mar. (1)

18 Oct 1680 Rebecca Clark (bur. 16 May 1687 at Chipping Norton, co. Oxford), dau. of Rev Thomas Clark

children by first wife

1. Hon Simon Harcourt MP (b. c. 1685; dvp. 1 Jul 1720), mar. Elizabeth Evelyn, sister of Sir John Evelyn, 1st Bt., of Wotton, co. Surrey, and dau. of John Evelyn, barrister and a Commissioner of the Irish Revenue (by his wife Martha Spencer, dau. and cohrss. of Richard Spencer), son and heir ap. of John Evelyn, of Sayes Court, Deptford, and Wotton, co. Surrey, the famous diarist, and had issue:

1a. Simon Harcourt, later 2nd Viscount Harcourt later 1st Earl Harcourt

1a. Martha Harcourt (b. 15 Jul 1715; d. 8 Apr 1794; bur. at Sudbury, co. Derby), mar. 10 Apr 1744 as his third wife George [Vernon later Venables-Vernon], 1st Baron Vernon, and had issue

1. Hon Anne Harcourt, mar. John Barlow, of Alebeak, co. Pembroke

2. Hon Arabella Harcourt, mar. Herbert Aubrey, of Clayhanger

mar. (2)

Elizabeth Anderson (b. c. 1657; widow of Richard Anderson, of Penley, co. Hertford; dsp. 16 Jun 1724; bur. at Stanton Harcourt, co. Oxford), dau. of Richard Spencer, of London and Derbyshire

mar. (3)

30 Sep 1724 Elizabeth Walter (b. c. 1678;  widow of Sir John Walter, 3rd Bt MP., of Sarsden, co. Oxford;  d. 12 Jul 1748;  bur. at Sarsden, co. Oxford), dau. of Sir Thomas Vernon, of Twickenham Park, co. Middlesex


28 Jul 1727 (bur. at Stanton Harcourt, co. Oxford)


3 Sep 1711 Baron Harcourt, of Stanton Harcourt in the County of Oxford

11 Sep 1721 Viscount Harcourt, of Stanton Harcourt in the County of Oxford

suc. by



Barrister, Inner Temple 1683;  Recorder of Abingdon 1686;  Member of Parliament (Tory) for Abingdon 1690-1705, 1708-09 and 1710, for Bossiney 1705-08 and for Cardigan 1710;  Treasurer of the Inner Temple 1702-03;  Solicitor General 1702-07;  knighted 1702;  a Commissioner for the Union with Scotland 1706;  Attorney General 1707-07/8 and 1710;  Privy Councillor 1710-14 and 1722-27;  Lord Keeper (later known as Lord Chancellor) 1710-14;  joined the Whig party under Walpole in 1720, receiving as a reward an increase of pension from £2,000 to £4,000 and the grant of his viscountcy;  one of the Lords Justices (Regents) during the King's absence from the Realm in 1723, 1725 and 1727


Simon [Harcourt], 2nd Viscount Harcourt later 1st Earl Harcourt


1 Dec 1749 Viscount Nuneham, of Nuneham Courtney in the County of Oxford, and Earl Harcourt, of Stanton Harcourt in the County of Oxford


The Viscountcy of Harcourt was held by the Earls Harcourt from 1 Dec 1749 to 17 Jun 1830, when on the death of William [Harcourt], 3rd Earl Harcourt, 4th Viscount Harcourt, etc., all his peerage titles became extinct.


First written 6 Mar 2012



ã Copyright: Heraldic Media Limited. All rights reserved.